[Antoine] Predock's design philosophy is very concerned with how the structure interacts with its surroundings. He has called his style "abstract landscape"; thus he blends the structure in with the surrounding landscape. The building also interacts with the people who use it. It was supposedly designed on purpose to be confusing. Visitors are often forced to talk to someone to find out how to get to where they need to go. Doorways that you need to pass through will sometimes be locked, forcing you to find a new way. The doors that get locked rotate every so often, further confusing the situation. The idea was to force human interaction because it houses the social sciences. The building also has a number of Emergency Buttons, colloquially referred to as "Panic Buttons" located throughout.That amused me greatly, but the Wikipedia informs me that the architect is also responsible for the still-unfinished Canadian Museum for Human Rights which, when I was in Winnipeg, struck me as a notably scary erection. Will it, in fact, be torture to enter this museum?
Monday, January 16, 2012
New Forms of Abuse
Via an aside in a comment at Crooked Timber, this paragraph about a building:
Posted by Substance McGravitas at 6:12 PM